By Harry Alexander
This Saturday, the Empire Ranch is hosting its 17th Annual Empire Ranch Roundup & Open House to celebrate western heritage. The event opens at 10am and concludes at 4pm.
The event, at the historic Empire Ranch in southeast Arizona, will feature numerous events including: Cowboy Conversations with western authors and former movie actors and stuntmen. A number of western authors, who will have their books available, will also be there. Music entertainment by “Scattered Grass,” and “Cowboy Way” will be featured on the main stage.
In the main arena, attendees will be treated to demonstrations of cattle handling and cattle herding using cattle dogs. In another field arena, B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry soldiers from Fort Huachuca will put on a demonstration of cavalry tactics. The original troop searched for Geronimo during the Indian Wars. Also appearing will be the Tombstone Vigilantes and the Tombstone Ghost Riders with a mounted shooting demonstration.
There will also be a silent auction in the Adobe Barn with items representing the West.
There will also be booths set up so attendees can learn about branding, boot making, cooking at the chuckwagon, silversmithing, blacksmithing, and, woodcarving.
A number of non-profits will also be on hand to answer questions about their organizations. Among those scheduled to appear are the Horse’n Around Rescue. There will also be miniature horses at the ranch plus a petting zoo for the kids.
Food will also be available from two food trucks–one BBQ and the other Mexican fare. Both will serve from 11am-3pm.
Admission to the event is free, but a $10 donation for parking will be asked.
The main ranch house will not be available to the public. It is undergoing rehabilitation by the Bureau of Land Management to repair structural issues.
The event is produced by the Empire Ranch Foundation, the non-profit organization formed to help raise funds for the historic property. The Empire Ranch is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
For directions from Tucson, follow the map:
Harry Alexander is the Managing Editor of the Southern Arizona News-Examiner and a member of the Board of Directors of the Empire Ranch Foundation.
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